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Calgary Flames 4, Anaheim Ducks 3 (SO)

19 Nov

You can put it in the win column.

The Flames were down 2-0 going into the third period and had managed only 7 shots through 40. It was looking like my prediction of Calgary losing 5-0 might come true, and Peter Maher’s prediction of getting the win so he could yell out one final “Yeah baby!” was not going to happen. Shows what I know.

Juri Hudler got it started after the Flames had multiple chances for their first, then Denis Wideman had two in the span of 5 minutes to put Calgary up 3-2. The Ducks tied it late on a power play, and overtime solved nothing. Unless what you were after was to be entertained, then it solved that. The shootout featured goals from a couple rising stars in Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, and one goal from slower-than-molasses Kesler. When it was over, Hiller got the win over the team that gave up on him.

Because I’m prone to finding the negatives, here they are. Calgary was brutal through two periods, managing less than a shot for every five minutes of play. The power play went 0-5. Curtis Glencross was coasting around as per usual, actually even more than usual, and it cost the Flames a bunch of chances. Devin Setoguchi was playing, that’s a negative. Also Kris Russel and David Jones were both out with injuries.

Didn’t matter though, the Flames got it done anyway.

Yeah baby.

 

Calgary Flames 4, Ottawa Senators 2

16 Nov

Calgary came on (again) in the third to outscore the Sens 3-1 en route to a 4-2 win. Paul Byron and Josh Jooris both played well, and even Sven seemed to play a little better.

Gio took a stick in the eye, a puck off the foot, yet still managed to get an assist to extend his point streak to nine games. Wow.

The credit for the win has to go to Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson, although leading the league in GAA had four giveaways, two of which led to Calgary goals.

 

Calgary Flames 5, Arizona Coyotes 3

13 Nov

Paul Byron snapped a 16-game goalless drought with two goals Thursday night to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Byron had a chance for the hat trick on a breakaway, and again on the empty net, but on this night the hockey gods felt that two was enough.

And you know who else showed up? Sven Baertschi. I know… right?!? Hiller was not so good, but it wouldn’t matter as the Flames scored 5.

 

Carolina Hurricanes 4, Calgary Flames 1

11 Nov

The Flames scored first, and looked good in bursts, but although one of the worst, the Canes had the thirst. (for winning, that is)

David Jones gave the Flames a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 13:07 of the first period. Calgary held a modest 8-5 shot advantage in the first period but were outshot 26-15 the rest of the way, including 12-5 in the third period.

“We remembered how we played in Calgary and were very disappointed in that effort,” Cam Ward said of their 6-0 loss to the Flames on Oct. 23. “We wanted to use that as motivation tonight to make sure we got off to a good start. In the second period, the game shifted and we took over.”

Calgary, which had the most road wins in the NHL with seven, finished its five-game road trip with a 3-2 mark.

 

Calgary Flames 6, Florida Panthers 4

10 Nov

Lance Bouma broke a 4-4 tie with 2:18 left in the third period and the Flames defeated the Panthers 6-4 after trailing 2-0 and 3-1. I have to say that the refs were certainly on the side of Calgary on this afternoon. I felt like they missed a couple calls that resulted in Calgary goals. Oh well, we’ll take it. Calgary shouldn’t lose against Florida, they are only one of three NHL teams that they are consistently better than. 

“It reminded me of one day when I was a kid, I was fishing for brook trout and I caught a nice one but I dropped it between two rocks,”?Hartley said. “With frozen fingers I tried to catch a trout that is dangling between two rocks; it’s a tough one and I was scared to lose it.

“That’s how I felt tonight. It was one of those wild ones.”

 

Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Calgary Flames 2

10 Nov

I’m a couple days behind so I’m going to gloss over this one. I think we all expected the Flames to lose in Tampa, and they did.

Rookie center Cedric Paquette scored his first two NHL goals to help the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 win against the Calgary Flames at Amalie Arena on Thursday

 

Calgary Flames 4, Washington Capitals 3 (OT)

05 Nov

Hiller made some huge saves late in this game as Calgary didn’t really have any business walking out of D.C. with two points. That said, two of the Caps’ goals went in off of Hiller. Holtby at the other end didn’t fare much better, as the game tying goal was a from his own defenseman’s stick, off another of his own defenseman’s skate, and in the back of the net.

So Calgary has won three in a row, and although it’s early is tied with Vancouver for 2nd in the Western Conference. Because it’s early are also one three points up on the playoff cutoff.

We’ve seen this early season success before with young teams. With Edmonton and Toronto being recent examples. It’s likely the Flames will tire out, injuries will catch up, and experience will carry other teams through the dog days of the season.

 

Updated line combinations

04 Nov

With all the injuries and call-ups, I’ve updated the current line combinations information.

Check out the current Calgary Flames line combinations here.

 

Calgary Flames 6, Montreal Canadiens 2

03 Nov

Montreal came out pretty strong in the first two shifts of the game, but it was pretty much all Calgary after that. The Flames outshot the Habs 19-4 in the first period and had a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. Josh Jooris had his first two-goal game,TJ Brodie had three assists, and Jonas Hiller made 18 saves.

How good was T.J. Brodie on this night? After breaking up a 2-on-1, he saucered a backhand breakout pass to set up the second Flames goal. Gaudreau got his second assist with a pass to Jiri Hudler, whose shot struck Granlund’s skate on its way past Price to put Calgary up 2-0 with 26.5 seconds left in the first.

Gaudreau has five points during a three-game point streak, including a goal and an assist Friday. He has eight points in seven games since he was left out of the lineup for Calgary’s 3-2 loss at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 17.

 

Calgary Flames 4, Nashville Predators 3

01 Nov

I was just thinking how they Flames have been pretty lucky thus far in regards to injuries. Now after a couple rough games Calgary is without Raymond, Colbourne, Backlund and (finally) Stajan.

WHat this means is an opportunity for some of the even younger kids. This was the first NHL game for Michael Ferland and Markus Granlund. Both guys looked great, or at least as great as you can look on the Calgary Flames team. Ferland took an unfortunate elbow in the jaw in the second and didn’t come back in the third to finish his first game.

This game was also another opportunity for Devon Seteguchi, and you’ve got to believe that he’s getting close to the end of these chances. If it wasn’t for the injuries he’d still be sitting.

Also this was the first game a goalie has started two games in a row. But Hiller has been great so far this year, so it’s probably time to start playing whomever is playing best. Hiller played good, but the win has to go to the play of Johnny Goudreau and the rest of the Flames forwards who scored three quick goals to beat Nashville for the second time this season.

 
 
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